The U.S. Air Force joined South Korea in a joint air exercise that showcased several aircraft in vigorous action amid threats from North Korea.
South Korean F-35A and F-15K fighter jets also took part in the joint exercise held in South Korea’s Air Defense Identification Zone.
According to a statement from Seoul’s Ministry of National Defense, the drills took place in the southwestern part of South Korea’s Jeju Island.
The joint exercise is part of the US’s “extended deterrence” against North Korea, the South Korean military said. VOA News🇧🇷
It shows South Korea’s recent brazenness against North Korea, and comes after officials agreed last month to bolster its commitment to defending Seoul as an ally of South Korea’s.
North Korea has stepped up its rhetoric towards the US and South Korea this year.
This year too, the country has set a record by conducting missile tests.
The US has increased its joint military exercises and made the presence of US strategic assets, including long-range bombers and aircraft carriers, more regular.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry noted the defense agreement, noting that the United States “will continue to strengthen the integrated defense posture” of the South Korea-US alliance.
The alliance was mentioned in the ministry’s statement in response to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
North Korea launched a pair of medium-range ballistic missiles earlier this week, the report said. VOA News🇧🇷
The missiles are said to be part of a “critical final phase of testing” that will soon produce the country’s first spy satellite.
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